The Wilton Tennis Club is a lively and friendly club situated south of Wimbledon town centre. It thrives on a healthy mix of social and competitive tennis, played throughout the year, and caters for a variety of memberships from full annual membership through to the junior level.
A Social tennis 'convenor' organises sets during busy times to encourage all members to play social tennis, and of course, during less busy times the courts are all yours.
The club has eight men's and four ladies' teams playing in Surrey leagues and offers regular coaching sessions for team players. As well as team competitions, the Club runs closed summer and winter tournaments and operates monthly singles leagues.
There are four new high quality Four Seasons courts. They are all weather courts with new, free floodlighting and so are available throughout the year.
Wilton Club is run by its members. A volunteer spirit is encouraged. Each year a committee is elected to perform some of the jobs necessary to secure the smooth running of the club. Elections take place at the annual general meeting, which is usually held in March. All full members are eligible to stand for election.
We hope that after reading what the Wilton Tennis Club has to offer you will want to join. If you have any further questions then please call the Club Secretary, Terry Oakes, or the Club Head Coach, Jack Hankey or, alternatively, come down and talk to us. We're only 10mins from Wimbledon station.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Wilton in the near future.
With great sadness I must inform of the extremely sad news that Dennis Parker died very suddenly at home on Wednesday.
Dennis was a loyal member of Wilton for over twenty years. He served on the committee for many years and was our Club President for five years.
Dennis was such a keen player and indeed was playing a good game of social tennis this last weekend. He was a marvellously practical man for whom no request was ever too much trouble. Dennis will be hugely missed at Wilton.
Our thoughts go out to Della (who herself has been unwell) and to all of Dennis's family.
The funeral will be held on Monday 17th February at 3:20pm at North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden Lane Morden, SM4 4NU.
Entries for the 31st Wilton Open Tournament are now closed.
The tournament will run from Saturday 15th - Saturday 22nd February 2014.
The Mini Red 8&U event will run on Sunday 16th February and
Mini Green 10&U events will run on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th.
All other Junior events start on Monday 17th February and run during the week.
Dates for your diaries! The 31st running of the Wilton Open tournament will be between 15th and 22nd February 2014.
The 8&U Mini Red event will be on Sunday 16th February with the 10&U Mini Green event on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th. All other junior events will run from Monday 17th. The Open singles events will run from Saturday 15th.
Read all about the 2013 Tournament here
Get into the Wimbledon spirit and play some tennis! our lessons cater to all levels.
The Wilton summer finals day took place on 14th September. 13 finals were held to make a total of 128 matches in the tournament. Star of the day (as last year) was Nikki Pinky Withers who won all three main events. Tom Coombe took the mens singles for the first time while the holders James Allen and Dan Corbett and James and Nikki were victorious again in the Mens and Mixed Doubles. The Ladies doubles saw a close win for Nikki and Hayley Baylis. Ashley Balm took his title total to a staggering 39 by winning the Mens 35. The drawn mixed and mens doubles were, for the first time, Save the Children events. As a result of entry fees and a raffle Wilton was able to contribute £461 to the charity. In the evening a large number of members gathered to say farewell to Kim Freebairn who is leaving us after 5 years as our Head Coach.
Ladies Singles: Nikki beat Hayley
Mens Singles: Tom bt Zak 6-4,6-3
Ladies Doubles: Hayley and Nikki bt Jackie and Beth 6-7,6-1,6-4
Mens Doubles: James and Dan bt Ash and Tom 6-3, 2-6,6-3
Mixed Doubles: James and Nikki bt Paul and Michaela 6-0, 6-4
Mens 35: Ash bt Paul 6-4, 2-0 rtd
Mens 45: Martyn bt John 6-0, 6-3
Mens 55: Roger bt Martin 6-0,6-3
Handicap: Yann bt Tomasz 6-7, 7-6, 6-2
Save the Children Mens: Kevin and Tomasz bt Sergei and Sam 6-3,7-6
Save the Children Mixed: Terry and Ann bt Edgar and Mary 3-6, 7-6, 6-1
Boys 14: Carl-Jamie bt Otto 5-7,6-1,6-3
Girls 14: Cecelia bt Katie 6-0, 6-1
As many of you will know we had a very high standard of applicants for the position of Head Coach. Many thanks to everyone who helped with the interview process.
After the second set of interviews we have offered the role to Jack Hankey who, I'm pleased to say, has accepted. Jack will take over from Kim on 1st September, but we hope that he will be at Wilton during parts of August as he prepares to start working with us.
Jack is a Level 3 coach who is currently working for Tennis England having previously worked at the Bramhall Lane club in Cheshire.
A Spring day (at last!) saw Wilton Ladies 1 put in a fantastic performance at home to Virgin Brighton. Making their debuts for the club, Lauren Harrington and Rona Bereisha scored convincing victories against much higher rated players. In the crucial 3rd rubber Louise Ronaldson put in her best-ever performance for Wilton with an excellent 6-3, 6-3 win. Lois Fletcher lost but showed many signs of a return to her best form. We were able to bring in doubles specialists Michaela Knespl and Kim Freebairn for the last two rubbers. An ever-increasing crowd of Wilton supporters were able to see superb doubles resulting in two close Wilton victories and a final 5-1 scoreline.
Kim Freebairn, Michaela Knespl, Lois Fletcher, Lauren Harrington, Louise Ronaldson, Rona Bereisha
before the Brighton match.
Darius Adomonis won Wilton's 30th Open Tournament mens singles against Robert Morris 6-2 6-2.
Antonia Smallbone won the ladies event.
Full report and photos coming soon!
Huge media interest has been generated after a near once in a lifetime incident happened on Valentine's Day 2013 around 3pm on Court 2 at Wilton. Police, the LTA and national newspapers were at first skeptical about the reports, but eye witness John Wiltshire confirmed that Miss Lady Karen Dervish had actually broken a string of her racket! the racket is being sent for forensic tests and is allegedly destined for the Wimbledon museum. Karen treated herself for shock with a hasty hot chocolate from the new Wilton Coffee machine.
Brilliant player, top man, top coach and Coffee, coaching, cake favourite Olly Schuett was given a full Wilton farewell on Saturday 9th Feb, attended by many of the club. We will all miss Olly, but hope he enjoyed his surprise party and wish him a great time travelling South America later in the year!
Wilton has invested in an exciting new coffee machine for the enjoyment of all patrons to the club!
The machine is a brand new Brasil High Gloss Bean to Cup Rijo 42 that serves excellent beverages Coffee, Latte Macchiato, Cappuccino, Caffe Latte, Espresso, Moccacino, Hot Chocolate and hot water for tea.
In fact the coffee is so good, here's a photo of a true Italian using it! :)
The spirit of London 2012 continued in Gold medal style on Sunday afternoon as The Wilton 2012 Olympics were staged. Approximately 40 fit, good looking, able and less able-bodied 'athletes' from Wilton and elsewhere competed in disciplines of Penalty Shooting, Sprint Relay, Sack Relay. Welly Throwing, Distance Relay, Tug of War, Touch Tennis, Table Tennis, Boules, Pool and Darts. The 'athletes' proudly represented their teams of Red, Blue, Yellow and Blue with the Blue team eventually triumphing over the Orange team in a close 1001 darts finish! Rumours persist that organisers Terry and Kay are now tipped to rival Seb Coe in the bid for IOC President.
All athletes were rewarded with a particularly delicious culinary experience from the giant paella dish of master chef, darts supremo and bronze medalist Martin Schiller!
Results: Gold - Blue team, Silver - Orange team, Bronze - Red team, Runners Up - Yellow team
Gold medalists - Blue team
|Silver medalists - Orange team|
|Head Chef - Martin|